No matter how long you've been in the dating game, there's one question that can consistently come back to haunt you: how do you impress someone on the first date? Everyone has different dating preferences — what woos one person might totally turn someone else off — so unfortunately, there's no catch-all trick to getting a second date. You just have to go in confidently, be yourself, and hope that you have enough of a connection to look past any awkward moments (which, LBR, are bound to occur).
"For the most part, first dates are incredibly pressured, self-conscious experiences where you are often preoccupied through the whole experience about how you are coming across to the other person," Rhonda Milrad, Founder and Chief Relationship Advisor of Relationup, tells Bustle. "It is actually hard to focus on getting to know your date because you are so focused on your date’s reaction to you."
Even though first dates can be awkward and nerve-wracking, they're also a great chance to feel out whether or not you have a connection with someone. To find out what real people's first date expectations are like, UK-based online doctor service Dr. Ed surveyed 1,000 Europeans and Americans about everything from who they think should pay the check to how they feel about first date hookups. If you're looking for tips to help you lock down that second date, here are the top reasons singles had a good first date, according to the survey.